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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4466

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I remind the honourable member for EdenMonaro that the subject matter before the House is the motion for the suspension of the Standing Orders. The debate must be limited to the reason why the Standing Orders should be suspended. Any other matter that the honourable member raises will be outside the scope of the motion.

Mr ALLAN FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and I fully understand and accept your ruling. I believe that it is most important that there should be an immediate statement of the position in relation to the industrial movement which was so wrongly stated to the House by the Minister.I confine myself to saying that the action taken by the trade union movement was taken at the request of delegations of wool growers.

Mr Grassby - That is exactly right.

Mr ALLAN FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I further assert that the right of a worker in industry to decide what he shall do wilh the product of his labour is equally as great as the right of the studmaster to decide what should be done with his product.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I suggest to the honourable member again that he is transgressing the Standing Orders.

Mr ALLAN FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 am not doing so deliberately, Sir. I hope that you will bear with me. I am a young member and I am not sure about procedures, but I will go ahead and rely on you for your guidance from time to time. Why should the Parliament not have the right to debate and vote on this vital issue? Why is the honourable member for Hume, particularly, unwilling to allow a debate and a vote on a matter of vital importance to his electorate? Why cannot I put to you, Mr Deputy Speaker, the case that it is urgent that the House should be allowed to have a debate and a vote because, as the honourable member for Dawson (Dr Patterson) has pointed out, in the only vote ever taken in this Parliament under this Government - a vote taken in the Senate-

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